Bruno Mars: Love & Respect For Michael Jackson

It’s all for the L.O.V.E. ~ From Bruno Mars’ early days as a child performer to now as a worldwide star, Michael Jackson has always been an influence in the way Bruno carries out his showmanship and music production. In honour of Michael, here is a compilation of material I’ve made showing just how much Bruno loves and respects MJ. 

  • Part 1 | A Fan Since Childhood | 01:58
  • Part 2 | Thoughts About MJ’s Work | 08:54
  • Part 3 | Michael’s Influence | 13:20
  • Part 4 | Bruno Covers MJ | 15:14 

Links to each clip used are in the description box on the video’s YouTube page. An extended version that includes Bruno’s SNL Pandora Skit can be watched here:


Grayson Ishihara: “A quick mashup I did after humming Rock With You while listening to Treasure and realizing how well these two songs go together.”

Reason why I love Bruno

Every single time a journalist asks him to comment on people saying he could be the “next Michael Jackson”, Bruno gushes from his heart about how Michael is the greatest and how no-one can ever top him. A true fan and true professional of the most humble kind. 


Jailhouse Rock and Cover Requests (Hey Soul Sister, The Way You Make Me Feel) || Bruno Mars - The Chelsea, Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas - New Year’s Eve

{Re-uploaded on request. If I’m not mistaken, this is footage shot by Lisa Newton so credits go to her for capturing the special moment. Unfortunately, a select number of videos from the Vegas shows were removed from YouTube for copyright reasons - which is also why I’ve put it on an alternative format.} 


Philippe Smadja: Rock With You - Bruno Mars at The Chelsea, Las Vegas 05/23/14”
MTV (extended answer in article): Ever since Mars premiered 'Locked Out of Heaven,' critics have pointed out its similarities to the Police's hits...

Ever since Bruno Mars premiered his brand-new single "Locked Out of Heaven,“ critics have been quick to point out its similarities to previous hits by the Police, most notably "Message in a Bottle” or “Roxanne.” And despite what you might think, Mars has no problem whatsoever with those comparisons.

“Hell yeah! You try to write a Police song!” he laughed. “I grew up listening to the Police, I grew up performing in bars, singing Police songs. … I remember performing a song like ‘Roxanne,’ and you play those first couple of chords, and you hit that first note, and you watch the whole bar ignite. And as an artist, as a songwriter, it’s like 'Man, I want to write a song that makes people’s eyes explode the first chord!’ ”

And while he’s not denying the similarities (or, really, softening his stance on critics — “Oh, I love them,” he deadpanned), Mars said he never set out to write a spiritual sequel to “Roxanne.” Rather, “Heaven” came to him out of the blue, one night during the six-month studio sessions that led to his upcoming Unorthodox Jukebox album.

“I don’t think it initially tried to sound like anybody else, but I picked up the guitar and just started playing [the song’s opening chords],” he explained. “That’s how it normally works; I’ll pick up a guitar and I’ll start humming a melody, and I started singing that, and I was up there in Sting-ville, in that register, so that’s what you get … I tend to listen to a lot of guys with higher registers — Sting being one of them, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder — because I’ve got a high voice.”

Then again, he’s not going to be complaining if folks keep comparing “Locked Out of Heaven” to the Police’s classics. Writing a massive hit is the goal, after all.

“I’ve been playing those songs for years, [and] as an artist, as a songwriter, your goal is to always have one of those songs that, from the very first chord, it does something to the body,” he smiled. “You know, 'Billie Jean,’ Michael Jackson. As soon as that drum pattern comes on in the club, everybody starts Moonwalking … that is the producer’s dream, to create or compose something like that.”

anonymous asked:

Could you tell what are the similar things MJ and Bruno share? I'm curious.

I’m actually so happy you asked me this cause I’ve been meaning to talk about it all. Making a post brings up some “no comparison” issues hehe but they remind me of each other so much in their personalities that it makes me incredibly happy and heart melty ^_^ Just going to keep typing until I can’t think of anything ;)

  • Handwriting: they both have this way of writing where they mix capital and lower case letters within single words.
  • They use the words “magic”/”magical” a lot.
  • Soft voices. Sometimes, Bruno’s tone just reminds me so much of Michael with certain words. Some phrases they use are also very similar.
  • Extremely perfectionist and meticulous when it comes to their work. From stories by band/production members, it’s clear they make people work really hard and beyond their usual talent to get the best out of them. Eric said that Bruno says no to his suggestions for different drumming arrangements because he wants to keep it as he has it on the record (as his vision). Michael was the same, you can see in This Is It that he tells his music director to keep it as he’s written it.
  • When they were both really small children, they would stay up to watch their idols perform on TV to be mesmerised and to learn every move. For MJ, it was James Brown. For Bruno, it was Elvis Presley. And both their mothers talked about how they had that natural performance skill in them as toddlers.
  • Stylistic looks of the UJ era and the Off The Wall era. Woah.
  • They do a fair bit of thrusting choreography in their performances ;)
  • Their singing technique. Overall, they don’t sound the same but you’ll hear that they both go up to these high notes without switching to falsetto. They don’t need to - it’s all chest voice belting.
  • Big brown, almond eyes.
  • Dat eyebrow (you know which one)
  • This:

  • When they imitate the sounds of instruments, the similarity is uncanny.
  • The shy humbleness when people compliment their work.
  • The one thing that people say after they’ve met them is that they smell really nice. They both douse themselves in cologne!
  • Obsession with monkeys/animals.
  • Love for Disney and it seems, Bruno loves Peter Pan too.
  • Hats and sunglasses. Wherever they are.
  • Only capable of growing a catfish moustache: (x) and (x)
  • They’re hilarious trolls. They try and catch people out with made up stories.
  • Red. They like red things.

And I’m all out for now!


Video Throwback: Bruno Mars Tribute to MJ in August 2009 (“m.a.m.a earth in honor of the music & humanitarian work of Michael Jackson”)

ajerkalert  asked:

Could you list the videos of that gifset where they're all of Bruno talking about Michael Jackson?

Sure :) 

  1. [interview done in Germany, might be the 30 minute one from Zonga? From the top of my head, I can’t remember the specific video so ask Hellen (loudgiirl) about that ;)]
  2. GQ Magazinebonus clip in press newsreel
  3. Poland RMF FM: “I’m Not The New Michael Jackson“ 
  4. Frühstücksfernsehen
  5. Le Grand Journal Interview
  6. USA Today: 5 Questions
  7. TV Total 
  8. RTL2
  9. The Jonathan Ross Showinterview
Just to follow up on my Bruno/MJ similarity ask post from the other day :)

I mentioned a little tidbit about how both Bruno and Michael used to stay up late at night as children to watch their idols perform on TV so that they could learn and be mesmerised. Here are some sources (you know how I love my sources hehe) for anyone who’s curious :) 


  • “Ever since I was a small child - no more than six years old - my mother would wake me no matter what time it was to watch the television to see the master at work. And when I saw him move, I was mesmerized. I’ve never seen a performer perform like James Brown and right then and there, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life…because of James Brown.” (x)

  •  "I used to watch him on television and I used to get angry at the cameraman because whenever he would really start to dance they would be on a close-up so I couldn’t see his feet. I’d shout “show him show him”, so I could watch and learn.“ (x @7:34)


  • "I’d come out two, three o'clock in the morning and Bruno would be by the TV set rewinding to a certain segment and practising one of Elvis’ moves.” - Pete Hernandez (x @1:34)

  • “I remember being a kid, watching that, and saying I want that!” (x)